Mondays are busy days at home, picking up after the weekend, doing laundry, organizing for the week, but I gave my morning to a search for Christian and went to the FHC to look at the microfilm. After viewing the film once without finding Christian, I went through the entries for 1899-1901 a second time. Still no Christian Gerner.
I can think of three reasons why there would not be a will:
- He disposed of his land and all his possessions before his death.
- He filed his will in some other county.
- He died intestate (i.e., without a will). Was his death sudden and unexpected? (Though who, by the time he's 60, doesn't know that death is imminent?) I think it was common in the 1800s for wills to be written after a person became ill: maybe Christian really didn't have time to write a will.